Smiths tribute albums are nothing new, and it’s no surprise. You’d be hard pressed to find an “indie” artist out there who wouldn’t list them as an influence. But let’s be honest, most covers of The Smiths are plain garbage. Morrissey has a voice no one could ever mimic, and most attempts to recreate their magic fall flat. And yeah, I’m looking at you too, Zooey Deschanel.
Folk artist William Fitzsimmons throws his hat in the ring on the latest tribute album to hit stores, and hits a home run with his cover of “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Notes from the song translate beautifully on the banjo, carried along with Fitzsimmons’ warm voice and punctuated with majestic hums of what could possibly be angels.
While this song is usually quoted as the whiniest of all Smiths tracks, Fitzsimmons manages to give it a more earnest feel. Wistfulness without the ‘woe is me.’